Paddle for Access



Paddle for Access


The first annual Paddle for Access hosted by Clean Ocean Access is a 3 mile or 6 mile paddle (SUP) around Goat Island in Newport, RI.


August 18, 2018 at 8am


Newport Shipyard

1 Washington St, Newport RI 02840


Clean water and healthy oceans are definitely high on our list of priorities, but if we can’t get to the coastline to enjoy ocean activities, then we’ve got a major problem to solve. Limited access to the shoreline is how the organization started in 2006 and to this day it is the most important (but probably least understood) issue that we work on. What started as a simple program related to knocking down obstruction barriers has evolved into an effort that includes topics such as erosion, sea-level rise, invasive species and long term shoreline planning. In celebration of our ongoing work protecting and preserving shoreline access, we are hosting this SUP race around Goat Island in Newport, RI.


Course Map


Need to know

-Online registration closes at 6PM on August 17, 2018

-All paddlers must wear a PFD

-Race briefing starts at 7:45.

-6 mile race begins at 8am and 3 mile race begins at 8:15

-Check-in begins promptly at 630AM and ends at 745AM on August 18, 2018

-Restrooms are available at the Newport Shipyard

-SUP drop-off is available inside the Newport Shipyard gate.

-Parking is available along Washington Street and in the Newport Gateway Lot across from the Shipyard (3 hours free for Newport residents with a resident parking sticker)

Thank you to Land Shark Lager for Sponsoring Paddle for Access!


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